The KAS Media Programme Asia was established in 1996 to promote a free, responsible and ethical press in the region.

We connect leading journalists from all over Asia with one another, with colleagues and partners in Germany as well as other locations in Europe to communicate and exchange ideas. We organize conferences for aspiring and professional journalists such as the KAS Mobile Journalism Conference Asia – the first ever conference in Asia about mobile reporting.

One focus of our activity is the strengthening of investigative journalism in the region. The regional investigative journalists conference Uncovering Asia emerged from our partnership with the Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN). Furthermore, as the Media Programme of the political foundation, the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, we deal with the latest trends and problem areas in political communication through one of our conferences, the Asian Conference for Political Communication (ACPC) – with a clear focus on Asia.

Through our initiative and over twenty years of financial support, the Asia News Network (ANN) was created, an association of over twenty English-language daily newspapers from different countries in Asia, which support each other in reporting on the most important events in the region.

We can look back on a longstanding partnership with the Asian Center for Journalism (ACFJ) located at the Ateneo De Manila University in Manila, Philippines, from which our scholarship program, the Adenauer Fellowship for Media and Communication arose. We support and promote young, talented aspiring journalists through the Adenauer Fellowship for Media and Communication.

The overarching goal of our work is to promote and support the Asian media institutions and journalists in the development of professional journalistic standards in the region, to support young journalists as best as possible on their way into journalism and to advocate and promote the importance of the media as an integral part of democratic and liberal societies.

Konrad Adenauer

05 January 1876 – 19 April 1967

Konrad Adenauer is the founding Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany. The foundational policies set during his term as Chancellor (1949-1963) are still shaping the internal structure and foreign policy of the Federal Republic of Germany today.

The entrance of the Federal Republic into the circle of Western democracies, the European integration project and the German-French reconciliation are inextricably bound to Adenauer’s name. Immediately after assuming his role as Chancellor, he formulated on behalf of the people of Germany the intention to “rectify the injustice committed against the Jewish people to the greatest extent possible given the millions of lives that have been destroyed forever.”

The reconstruction of West Germany, overcoming the aftermath of the war, the choice of a social market economy and far-reaching socio-political decisions fell within Adenauer’s time as Chancellor.

The CDU, established after a sudden wave of party formations in 1945, rose as “the Chancellor’s party” with Adenauer to become the most successful party in German twentieth-century history.